Site Gov: Part Two - Roles and Responsibilities

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Bastlynn
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Site Gov: Part Two - Roles and Responsibilities

Part one is here: http://192.155.94.202/forums/site-gov-part-one-founding-principles

Ok, Part one looks like there's not really much we need to add to it before it goes into proposal? Awesome, means we can jump right ahead to part two! Roles and responsibilities - this is the 'defining the terms' part of the writeup. Basically making sure we know what all the positions are on the site and what the description of the 'job' for those roles is. Again, this is just being exact but better to have it written down so we can point people to it than to assume. Gets everyone on the same page.

Any questions, comments, or even just a simple "Yep - that all looks about right" is good feedback here.

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Roles and Responsibilities

Roles are a defined set of powers and responsibilities that a player on the site may have. They are not considered to be exclusive of each other. Like hats, you can have more than one role on the site. However, at any point where there may be confusion a member who has more than one role should make it explicitly clear which role they are speaking as at that time. You cannot serve in more than one role for the same decision.

For example - if a setting lead is building a major saga, he is doing so in his role as a storyhost, which is why he must get the approval of another setting lead to approve the saga. He cannot serve as both storyhost and lead on the same decision.

The following roles are acknowledged on the site. An individual can hold one or more of these positions simultaneously:

Inactive Player
While there are also inactive and sporadic players with accounts, they don’t often participate in the community IC or OOC. These are accounts that are still on the site but have not been used - players who have left the site, or have not been able to return for an extended period of time. An inactive player cannot also be an active player. An inactive player had not participated in the site community within the last six months.

Active Player
Your average site member. An active player cannot also be an inactive one. A player has created a character and has posted on the site. An active player is a site member who has participated in the site community within the last six months. Some players are not currently able to roleplay due to personal circumstances, so having roleplayed recently is not a requirement, but if they have posted in the OOC rooms or on the forums they are still participating in the site and are active members. An active player may create site proposals and participate in them but has no additional responsibilities on the site.

Apprentice Storyhost
An apprentice storyhost must also be an active player. An apprentice storyhost is a site member currently in the process of training to become a full storyhost. An apprentice storyhost creates content under the mentorship of storyhosts, and actively develops the setting and system to fulfill the needs of the players. An apprentice storyhost is responsible for running sessions, and proactively developing plotlines for characters. An apprentice storyhost is also responsible for actively attempting to progress through the course to become a full storyhost.

Storyhost
A storyhost must also be an active player. A storyhost is a site member who regularly runs sessions for players every three months and creates content. A storyhost creates content, runs sessions, proactively develops plotlines for characters, provides input on the sagas of other storyhosts, and mentors apprentice storyhosts. They are also responsible for contributing to department projects for their relevant skills and increasing site membership and storyhost membership. Storyhosts actively develop the setting and system to fulfill the needs of the players.

Evaluator
An evaluator must also be a storyhost. An evaluator is a site member who has received the additional training and responsibility to fulfill additional duties for departments, such as the ability to approve content flagged by the system as needing additional review. Training and testing evaluators is a joint effort by all departments to ensure they have a complete understanding of duties from multiple perspectives.

Lead
A lead must also be an evaluator, this is to ensure the lead has a complete understanding of required tasks. A lead is a leadership position for a department. A lead takes a primarily reactive role, responding to questions, requests for guidance, and assistance as they arise. A lead is responsible for resolving topical disagreements between storyhosts when it comes to questions regarding the topic their department handles. A lead is also responsible for maintaining training and documentation for future leads. All other department work to create and curate content is handled under the storyhost role. A lead can (and should) actively participate in the department in that role.

Technical Admin
A technical admin is not required to be a site member. The technical admin is there to provide technical and logistical services related to the hardware and software of vaxia.org. The technical admin provides technical advice according to site needs as outlined in this document and any future proposals and amendments and is otherwise uninvolved in site governance in this role. This is primarily a reactive role to site requests and a proactive role to server and system security needs.

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Any questions, comments, or even just a simple "Yep - that all looks about right" is good feedback here.

edit: Changed "Assistant" to "Apprentice"

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More piratey yes: Yar!

More piratey yes: Yar!

Side note: One of the upcoming post's Bast puts up does have a section on amending the policy. So though if folks agree and think it's kosher, things may be written in stone, but we have a sandpaper section to wipe it clean. And a chisel, to add to it.

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Still looks good to me.

Still looks good to me.

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+1 to boblet, yeah - there is

+1 to boblet, yeah - there is an amendment system in the doc here too - the idea is to get us a baseline, and once we have the agreed on how-to pieces, we can handle any additional work under the basic structure :) Just trying not to drop like ALL the words in the world on people at once :)

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Works for me :)

Naturally about half of this has to do with my current post(s), so take it with a grain of salt I guess, but I think they're sound definitions all around.

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There's only one thing...

That I would like to see changed, but I don't know about you guys.

Change 'assistant' to 'apprentice' for the ASH's. If you think about it and the definition of those two words, 'apprentice' works better. ASH's aren't really assisting the SH's at all!! It's the other way around. SH's are trying to teach the ASH's, so it's the ASH's that are getting more assistance from the SH's. 'Apprentice', just like in the trades, means that we're learning to be a SH.

Otherwise, the rest of it looks good. :D

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I can see it going either way

I can see it going either way really. There's some stuff that SH's are cleared to take off the plates of the SH's once they get to stage 2 - where they're doing the work under observation, but they are doing it. Like recruitment sessions for example. So it seems sort of like the Manager vs Assistant Manager vibe to me? Plus Apprentice comes with it an implication of a single mentor as opposed to the team-effort we're aiming for now-a-days and has some historically skeevy connotations that don't sit well with me. (That's a personal thing though, so not a biggie - I know I'm wierd.)

But that may be something Maddy has input on? I'm sure there's some sort of historical background on the name I'm missing?

Either way - as a name change as long as the definition is what it is - we could be calling ASH's "Tiddleywinks!" and I won't really argue much on making the change. ;)

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Our 'A' Game

The 'assistant' versus 'apprentice' is at least a decade-old debate :) We never pinned it down because, historically, it didn't really matter - everyone called them "ASHs" anyway.

I'm good with either one, although I do have a slightly leaning toward Apprentice with the new model for the SH course. In the past, you could effectively be an ASH forever, and some people did just that, so 'assistant' made a degree of sense, in the same way we have assistant professors. Now that ASHs are essentially forced to either continue forward or bow out, I like the Apprentice term because it suggests you're working your way up to being a full SH. It's a nice upward-bound motif :)

That said, I could see a counter argument that 'apprentice' suggests a more junior role than 'assistant,' and since our ASH 2's especially can do so much an SH can do already, there's some merit in giving them a title that better reflexes that.

Too bad "SH In Training" doesn't have a more fitting acronym :)

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LOL "Sam Houston Institute of

LOL "Sam Houston Institute of Technology" ;)

Oks, looks like there was history stuff but not really strong reasons for it. Cool :)

makes a note to make that change on the final for proposal I'll get that term-change into the final then. Thanks Tanya! :)

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The Differences I See

Between the 'assistant' and 'apprentice' is more of what Maddy said. You're working towards something. Loosing that A. :D Even with the role of the ASH 2's changing, it's still a learning process anyways, since they are doing everything under supervision. XD 'Apprentice' doesn't have that permanent feel either, not like 'Assistant' if you really think about it. People could be assistants for the rest of their time on Vaxia. ;)

But yeah. Awesome that we got that cleared up! :D Thanks Bast and Maddy!

One more 'also', if you're an apprentice, it doesn't mean that you're stuck with one person being your teacher. :P heh

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It all looks great to me. And

It all looks great to me. And while I think both work fine, I agree that "apprentice" is a slightly better term than "assistant".

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Personally, I like Disciple Story Host, DSH...or DiSH.

Yo dawg, when you DiSHin' out more sessions.
(This is why in Aurora and Chicago, I never made it as a ganger....)

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It sounds like we've got most

It sounds like we've got most everythign here addressed now - lemme know if there's more :) Edited with the change in terms.

In the meantime - part three is up : http://192.155.94.202/forums/site-gov-part-three-departments